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The United States Navy celebrates the eighty-fifth anniversary of its founding

Civil War at Sea Topic Image, Crew members of the USS Pawnee
10/13/1861
The United States Navy was founded when the Continental Congress established a Naval Committee to prepare the Revolution to make war at sea against Great Britain.  Eighty-five years later it was largely at war with itself, with officer corps and infrastructure split between North and South.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Norman Polmar, The Navy Institute Guide to the Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet ( Annapolis, MD: U.S. Naval Institute, 2005), 32. 

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